i48 Update


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Competition: July 30-August 1
Festival: August 7 & 8


We here at i48 are looking forward to another year of exciting and creative movies from Idaho’s filmmakers. Slowly but surely, our world is returning to “normal” but we understand that even with the delay of i48 to late July/early August, protocols and venues will not be fully restored to pre-COVID levels. So, once again i48 is adapting to reflect the times and we wanted to share with you what i48 will look like this year.


Our traditional “kickoff” for distribution of the team packets and props will again be virtual. Teams will receive packets via email on Friday, July 30, 2021 and y’all will promise not to open said packet until 6:00 p.m.  We will select a prop commonly found in most households and teams will be responsible for providing that prop. Film turn-in by 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021 will be on-line only.


We are pleased to announce that all completed films will get a screening on the big screen at The Flicks on either Saturday, August 7, 2021 or Sunday, August 8, 2021. We cannot predict what regulations regarding venue capacity and social distancing requirements will be in effect in early August. Under current Boise City regulations, The Flicks can accommodate approximately 50 patrons in our traditional home of Theatre #1.  If current rules hold, we will limit each screening to five (5) films with each team receiving ten (10) tickets to attend.  If social distancing requirements are relaxed, we will increase the number of films and teams for each screening.


To ensure that we have the theater time to show all the movies, for this year — and only this year — the total number of teams will be capped at forty (40) slots.  (We haven’t had 40 teams participate in i48 in many years, so we’re hoping this will not result in anybody being left out in the cold. Nevertheless — it’s a good idea to submit your application early!)


Because it is unlikely that there will be any theater venue that can accommodate our usual 400-500 participants in a “Best Of” screening, there will be no public “Best Of” screening this year. We are exploring posting a virtual “Best Of” available on Sunday, August 8, 2021 but that will TBD.


Virtual awards ceremonies are no fun and we’ve missed the chance to celebrate together, so we will be having an in-person Awards Ceremony and i48 After-Party on Sunday, August 8, 2021 starting at 5:00 p.m. at the covered shelter in Municipal Park. As with After-Parties in the past, i48 will provide the hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages. So please plan on joining us to learn who won the awards, accept your trophies, and celebrate together in an outdoor, socially distanced setting!


To reflect the lack of a “Best Of” screening (and because we’re saving on our usual theater rental expense of the Egyptian) this year’s entry fee is reduced to $30.  Another small step back to normalcy is that the cash prize amounts in both categories will be restored to their pre-COVID levels!


Thanks everyone! We look forward to another fun year of i48 movie-making magic.



i48 is a 48-hour film competition where, each June, teams of filmmakers from around Idaho have 48 hours to write, pre-produce, cast, shoot, and edit an original short film three to six minutes long. Each team is assigned four previously undisclosed elements that must be incorporated into their movie: 1) a line of dialogue, 2) a prop, 3) a character, and 4) the genre for their film. A week later, all completed films will be screened at the Flicks in Boise, Idaho, with a “Best Of i48” Screening and Awards Ceremony at the Egyptian Theatre.

Awards will be given in each category for Best Film, 2nd Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Sound/Music, Best Cinematography, Best Use of Prop, Best Use of Line of Dialogue, and Best Use of Character. Cash prizes will be awarded to the teams winning Best Film and 2nd Best Film in both the Open and Novice Divisions.

Started in 2004, i48 is going into our 17th year. We’ve grown and expanded, and now incorporate 3 events a year – i48 in June, h48 (the horror version of i48) in October, and the i48 February Challenge (in, well, February), where teams have 28 days to complete a 10 minute short.

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